Yoga and yogurt? Sounds like a winning combination to me!
The event started with a 45-minute Vinyasa yoga class, which was taught by Roger Kuhn, an instructor at Equinox.
I’ve done all sorts of Vinyasa classes over the years, but this one was my kind of Vinyasa. It was a lot more vigorous and challenging than ones I’ve taken in the past”” the poses definitely had a more athletic spin to them. We quickly flowed from one pose to the next with various strength and balance challenges thrown into the mix. It was a fantastic workout, and after running 20 miles on Sunday, it was exactly what my body needed.
After class, we joined the Stonyfield folks and refueled with some yogurt.
I went with a vanilla Oikos, which was smooth, creamy, and not overly sweet like flavored yogurts sometimes are. I usually buy plain Oikos, but I’m going to start buying the vanilla too. Big fan.
While we enjoyed our yogurt, Stonyfield Nutritionist, Mary Kennedy, lead a nutrition discussion about how to keep your body fueled for fitness. Here are some of Mary’s tips:
Fuel before a workout
- Eat within an hour or two before exercise.
- Think high carbohydrate, low fat. Aim for a 200-300 calorie snack with 40-100g of carbohydrates.
- The less time you have before exercise, the less you should eat.
- Try: oatmeal, granola bar, toast with jam, fresh fruit
Fuel during a workout
- Drink 4-8 ounces every 15-20 minutes and replenish with 30g of carbohydrates every 30 minutes.
- Be sure to choose foods or drinks that contain sodium if your workout lasts several hours.
- Try: bananas, sports drinks, pretzels, crackers, energy bars
Fuel after a workout
- Rehydrate and eat within 30-60 minutes after exercise when you muscles are best able to replace the fuel they’ve lost.
- Choose a snack that contains carbs and some protein, and be sure to replace fluids lost.
- Try: Baked potato with cheese and broccoli, bagel with veggie and tuna or turkey, peanut butter and banana sandwich
I already knew quite a bit of this information in more general terms, but not the specific numbers and recommendations, so it was helpful to have it all laid out to better understand proper fueling. I actually didn’t know the reason behind rehydrating and refueling within 30-60 minutes of exercise. Obviously, I know that I need to refuel my muscles, but I didn’t realize that my muscles are more receptive to nutrients at this time. I’m definitely going to make it happens from now on.
Thank you, Stonyfield and Equinox for a wonderful event!
What’s your favorite kind of yoga? What’s your favorite kind of yogurt?